- Sep 29, 2021
- Basic Beliefs
Without deliberation, the deliberate act has no prior cause. And, that is illegal in a deterministic system. The deliberation is part of the natural unfolding of events.
All deliberate actions are causally necessitated by a chosen will. You cannot call it determinism if you deliberately ignore prior causes.
Nothing within a determined system, by definition, can be its own cause, nor - by definition - does anything, human or not - have regulative control over its own behaviour.
Dude, nothing is ever its own cause. However, I do not need to cause myself in order to be the meaningful and relevant cause of my own deliberate actions.
It's not logical to select a certain form of human behaviour and declare it to be an instance of free will.
Determinism asserts that every event must have a prior cause. Free will asserts that the prior cause of any deliberate act is the act of deliberation that precedes it. But assertions are true. Thus, determinism and free will are compatible concepts. Free will happens to be just another deterministic event in the chain of causation.
To claim that the brain does no choosing is false. To ignore choosing, as a causal mechanism within the universal scheme of causation, makes your determinism incomplete and false. So, the hard determinist's version of determinism is an illusion. It is a fraudulent determinism.
On the other hand, my presumption is a perfectly deterministic universe, in which all events are reliably caused, by some specific combination of physical, biological, and/or rational causal mechanisms. My determinism is the real thing.
Everything within a determined system has precisely the same status; fixed as a matter of natural law. Will having no privileged status, falsifies compatibilism.
Well, if you're using a false determinism, then you certainly will think that you have falsified compatibilism. So, stop using a false determinism, and end this delusion.